F-16C – Revell 1/32

This is the kit I plan to build for the F-16 group build on IPMS Gothenburg.

Boxart
Boxart

I actually started building this kit many years ago. I think one of the reasons I stopped was because I tried to figure a way to cover the landing gear well bulge inside of the intake.
Not entirely an easy task, I’ll see what I’ll do. Perhaps a FOD cover solves the problem.
Here’s a pic on what was done then.

Previously built
Previously built

And here’s the decals I intend to use, if they still work.

Decals
Decals

My plan is to start the build after I’ve finished the Tonka I’m working on.

Tornado ECR part 2

The front wheel bay was glued to the bottom of the cockpit tub and then the whole thing was glued in place into the front fuselage halves that was glued together. Everything but the seats was glued in place.

Front fuselage assembled
Front fuselage assembled
Rear view
Rear view

The intake fans got a black oil wash.

Intake fans wash done
Intake fans wash done

The wings was connected, aligning the cogs.

Wing mechanism assembled
Wing mechanism assembled

Putty was applied to the fuselage seams.

Fuselage seams puttied
Fuselage seams puttied

Stabilizers was connected and put in place in the main body.

Stabilizers in place
Stabilizers in place

Then it was time to do the same with the wings, which took a bit of adjustment to fit in place.

Wings in place
Wings in place

Then the upper fuselage half was glued in place.

Main fuselage assembled
Main fuselage assembled

It wasm’t entirely easy to get the seams even, and they’ll need some work with putty and sanding to look right.

The exhaust parts was painted black.

Exhaust painted black
Exhaust painted black

The front fuselage needed some more putty as well as some parts for the intakes and air brakes.

Fuselage and some parts puttied
Fueslage and some parts puttied

The sander starter set I ordered arrived yesterday.

Flory sanders starter pack
Flory sanders starter pack

Maybe no bearing on this build more than that I started using some of them. I really liked the skinny ones as they made it easier to sand areas where the larger ones wouldn’t fit.

Some of the exhaust parts got a cote of steel and here’s a pic of the parts I’m working with at the moment, that needs to be done before I can progress further with the build.

Some putty was added to the fuselage seams.

Fuselage seam puttied
Fuselage seam puttied

I guess it’ll need more than that to look good. Working with the seams is a bit hard as the stabilizers and wings are in the way. I just hope I can avoid breaking anything!

Tornado ECR Tiger Meet – Revell 1/32

I started building this kit for a tiger meet and special markings group build on Facebook.

Boxart
Boxart

I guess the big challenge with this one will be the painting and tiger meet decals. I’ve never done that before, and certainly not on a big model like this.

I started by assembling some of the cockpit parts.

Cockpit parts
Cockpit parts

Like all good tv-chefs I have already prepared and done the entire cockpit! πŸ™‚

Pre built cockpit
Pre built cockpit

That’s actually for my stalled RAF Tornady, which I might pick-up while I’m at it.

Next step was to paint some dark grey.

Cockpit painted dark grey
Cockpit painted dark grey

The idea was to create some kind of pre-shade. Then everything was painted in a light grey.

Light grey painted
Light grey painted

I don’t think I managed to make the pre-shade show very much.

While getting the front fuselage halves from their sprue, I realized that there was two more instrument panels, and after checking I noticed I’d taken the wrong set.

Two sets of instrument panels
Two sets of instrument panels

There are minor differences, and luckily I managed to sort that in time. Now they only needed some paint.

After painting light grey, some details was picked out in black and the seats was painted with a darker grey on the side frames, then masked and painted in a different grey.

Details painted
Details painted

The cover between the front and rear seat was painted, and the seats masked and painted green.

Seats painted green
Seats painted green

With the tape removed it looked like this!

Seats unmasked
Seats unmasked

The instrument panels got some decals.

Decals on the panels
Decals on the panels

For some reason some of the decals wouldn’t fit with the dials on the plastic, so I had to cut them apart, and some decals seemed to be better fit with the panels I shouldn’t use. I opted them out.

After painting some more details and adding a clear cote, I did a black oil wash on the tub.

Blacak wash
Black wash

The radar nose parts was painted black.

Radar parts painted black
Radar parts painted black

Then I turned my attention to the wings and movable pylons.

Pylons and wing parts
Pylons and wing parts

Maybe due to the movability the fit isn’t optimal.

Not perfect fit
Not perfect fit

The instructions calls for 55g of weight in the nose. Here measured in a lid.

55g BB bullets
55g BB bullets

Some hours later the excess wash was wiped off.

Weathered cockpit tub
Weathered cockpit tub

Some more weathering done and the panels got a clear cote

Weathered tub and clear coted panels
Weathered tub and clear coted panels

I decided to use the pylons as they are without trying to create something to make them move along with the wings.

Pylons fastened with clips on the inside
Pylons fastened with clips on the inside

The panels got the same wash treatment and the body section with intake fans was painted.

Panel wash and intake painted
Panel wash and intake fans painted

The radar got some details painted in aluminium and was then assembled.

Radar assembled
Radar assembled

The wash on the panels was wiped off.

Excess wash wiped off
Excess wash wiped off

Then some dry brushing with white was done.

Dry brushing done
Dry brushing done

The seats got details painted by hand.

Seats painted
Seats painted

I need to touch up somewhat and add a few more details to the seats and also some decals.

Next will be building the cockpit and inserting that and wheel well into the front fuselage. I’ll also start assembling the main body and wings.

New kit arrived

I got this kit on the mail last week!

Boxart
Boxart

I got this on an auction for a fairly cheap price, which was nice as I’m kinda fond of the Shelby creations! πŸ™‚

Not sure when I’ll start building this kit, but hopefully sometime this year!

Polishing the F-16 canopy

There’s a seam line on both the canopy and the rear window, which needs to be taken care of. I found out how to do it on Phil Flory’s Youtube channel.
The first thing to do is to put blue tac or clay inside the canopy to prevent it from breaking.
Then I started with the course side of a nail sander/polisher and carefully sanded down the seam line.

Then I used a sanding sponge to take out the scratches from the sander, also wetting it a bit while sanding.
Next step is to use a polishing stick also with a bit moist, and do circular motions and lastly finish it off with the smoothest stick polishing the last bit. I you have you can also use some polishing compound. Something I intend to get!

I tried on the rear glass first, just to see how it worked.

Polished rear glass
Polished rear glass

Here’s a pic of the canopy with the seam line visible.

Visible seam line
Visible seam line

After doing the steps mentioned above, it looked like this!

Polished canopy
Polished canopy

I am quite happy with that, but I still opted for a little dip in Pledge.

Canopy clear coted
Canopy clear coted

Lastly i just tried them on the plane!

Canopy test fitted
Canopy test fitted

I can’t see there ever was a seam line, so I’m happy! πŸ™‚

F-16C getting closer to paint

I added some bb-gun bullets to the nose cone. The instructions doesn’t say anything about adding nose weight, but I rather be safe than sorry! πŸ™‚

Nose weight added
Nose weight added

The nose was then glued to the body. As can be seen are the holes I made for the probes and pitot.

Nose added
Nose added

I did a little test fitting of the seat and canopy, and at first I couldn’t get the canopy down over the seat. I turned out I had put the seat slightly wrong.

Seat and canopy test fit
Seat and canopy test fit

With the canopy in open position that little misstake wouldn’t matter much, but still it’s better to get it right!

So the seat and the fuel tanks was painted grey.

Seat and fuel tanks painted grey
Seat and fuel tanks painted grey

The tanks needed some more putty and sanding, which will be taken care of.

The seat was painted and given seat belts made of thin cut tape. Here the seata is placed in the cockpit.

Seat in place
Seat in place

Some covers glued in place.

Covers in place
Covers in place

As well as some small covers on the underside.

Fins and covers in place
Fins and covers in place

The inside of the wheel bay doors was painted white.

Wheel bay doors painted
Wheel bay doors painted

Next will be the seam line on the canopy parts, that needs to be removed and polished. I just hope I can do that without damaging anything and getting a good result.
I ordered a set of Flory sanders and polish sticks, that I will try out once they arrive which might take little more than a week.

F-16C having some fit issues.

The intake wouldn’t fit properly angainst the rear part.

Intake not aligned
Intake not aligned

Someone told me to remove those tabs in the upper front (against the body) parts to help get the intake in place easier, and I can see why, but perhaps the whole cover should have been assembled after the inner part of the intake was in place as it should.
After some work and minor cursing, I got it to sit better, at least against the body.

Intake in place
Intake in place

I still had to use plastic sheet and putty to sort gaps.

The exhaust parts was painted on the inside with black metal and then assembled, and then got some steel paint on the outside along with the petals.

Exhaust parts painted
Exhaust parts painted

Then the petals parts got some black metal.

Petals painted
Petals painted

To get the exhaust pipe to sit right wasn’t easy and not as easy as it seemed when I test fitted it. The idea was to make it possibe to insert it after the body was painted.
That didn’t work so well.

The rim is a bit too wide
The rim is a bit too wide

The rim was too wide and wouldn’t fit. After some work, sanding off inside the edge I could push it in and later glue it in place.

Exhaust pipe glued in place
Exhaust pipe glued in place

I just have to mask that later when painting.

The ejection seat was assembled.

Ejection seat
Ejection seat

As well as fin, under wing tanks and pylons.

Some parts assembled
Some parts assembled

Still more to assemble and also some decisions to make, like if the canopy should be open or not.

F-16C Israelian AF “Barak” – Kinetic 1/48

This is a kit I got from my Swedish Secret Santa at IPMS Gothenburg.
It looks like a nice kit, but it’s from Kinetic and they doesn’t always measure up.
Anyway here’s the boxart!

Boxart
Boxart

First I painted some black on the interior as a kind of pre shade.

Interior pre shade
Interior pre shade

Next up was the parts for the inner intake/rear wheel well. This isn’t very pretty!

Ejector pins
Ejector pins

Not very hard to sort, a bit of grinding, filling and sanding takes care of it.

Filler applied
Filler applied

The cockpit was painted grey and then the panels black.

Cockpit painted
Cockpit painted

Intake fan painted.

Intake fan painted
Intake fan painted

Getting sprue ends on the details, creating more jobb than just some simple sanding to remove is not making me happy. But maybe I’m too picky! πŸ™‚

Sprue gates on part
Sprue gates on part

After some work I could assemble the rear intake/wheel well.

Rear wheel well
Rear wheel well

Then it got some white paint both inside and out.

Painted white
Painted white

As I needed to paint white on one small detail for the well, I decided to sort a few more things to paint as well. Part of the upper interior was also painted black.

Landing gear parts and cockpit painted
Landing gear parts and cockpit parts painted

Some more parts was added to the well and the cokpit got some dry brushing to pick out some detail.

Cockpit and well details
Cockpit and well details

Some parts needed some additional white and the cockpit got a gloss clear cote.

More white paint
More white paint

The intake/well was installed in the bottom fueslage, and things are getting ready for assembly.

Rear intake installed
Rear intake installed

The cockpit got a wash and a little bit of dirt/sand.

Wash and sand in the cockpit
Wash and sand in the cockpit

The tires got some black paint.

Tires painted black
Tires painted black

I decided to have open air brakes, something I usually don’t have or have to option to do. So I needed to do some cutting and assembly of the brakes in open position.

Airbrakes in open position
Airbrakes in open position

This kit as well as any other Kinetic kit have very nice details, and on this one it looks like they looked a lot on how Tamiyas kit was constructed. So far so good, but they don’t reach Tamiyas level of quality and precision. There is always a little more to do and check before assembly, and most often you need to check and testfit long ahead. Still this kit so far have had the best fit, and only small adjustments were needed.

Anyway I could now glue the fuselage halves, and by gluing them bit by bit, it went together fairly well.

Fuselage assembled
Fuselage assembled

Next step was the front part of the intake which also holds the front gear bay. Some minor fit issues that was sorted by a little sanding. The part that created a bit of a problem was the thin strut inside the intake. I accidently broke it when trying to get it in place, and it didn’t look good after gluing it together. So I decided to use some thin plastic to create a replacement.

Replacement strut
Replacment strut

The original strut can be seen laying beside the intake.

Part of the problem was that I haden’t cleaned up the holes properly. Whit that in place I cut off the ends and continued with the covers around the intake.

Intake with lip
Intake with lip

Here I will need some putty as even though I tried to make it fit, I still ended up with visible seams.

Next will be sorting the seams and putting it in place, and then continue with the rest of the build. As with all F-16’s the landing gears and the stuff in the well creates a bit of a problem.
I’ll see if I can solve it and hopefully not have to mask the plane with the gears mounted.

Fairey Flycatcher – Armory 1/48 – box peek

I got this kit as a Secret Santa gift from a friend in USA.

Boxart
Boxart

As I’m going to start with this build very soon, I took a good look at the contents.
First of all, it’s a short run kit with resin engine and etched parts, and it looks nice at a first glance. So what’s in the box?

Inside the box
Inside the box

I’m starting with the instructions, which looks fairly nice and starts with parts layout, which might come in handy.

Instructions front page
Instructions front page
Instructions 2-3
Instructions 2-3
Instructions 4-5
Instructions 4-5
Instructions 6-7
Instructions 6-7
Instructions last page
Instructions last page

Then the painting instructions.

Painting instructions front page
Painting instructions front page
Painting 2-3
Painting 2-3
Painting rear side
Painting rear side

I think the instructions looks nice and clear and the paint options are quite nice.

All parts comes in one bag with bags within, and all are zip-lock, which is nice.
First the engine parts that are cast in resin and looks very nice.

Resin engine parts
Resin engine parts

The rest are injection molded and also looks very nice. Time will tell when when I start the build.

Sprue 1
Sprue 1
Sprue 2
Sprue 2
Sprue 3
Sprue 3

The other wing had loosened from the sprue, but I didn’t notice until I picked it up.

Sprue 3 wing
Sprue 3 wing
Sprue 4
Sprue 4
Sprue 5
Sprue 5

Lastly there was a bag with etched parts, instrument film and decals.

Decals and photo etch
Decals and photo etch

By the looks of it, this is a very nice kit, and will prove quite interesting to build especially as I usually don’t build biplanes or mid war planes. Looking forward to the build!